Biathlon - Germany dominate in women's relay at Annecy

Germany swept to more success in the women's relay as victory in Annecy signalled the third win out of their last five races in the Biathlon World Cup.

The German quartet of Franziska Preuss, Andrea Henkel, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier missed just three targets between them on their way to recording a winning time of 1:06:27.8.

The Germans' run of three wins in five races stretches back to their triumph in January last season at Antholz.

Henkel and Dahlmeier did not miss a single target as the latter eased to victory in the final leg, finishing 23.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Ukraine, who won the first women's relay of the season in Hochfilzen.

Julia Dzhmya endured a difficult first leg - failing to hit three targets - but Vita Semerenko, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna missed once between them to hold off Norway by 0.5 seconds.

In contrast the Norwegian team Tiril Eckhoff, Fanny Welle-Strand Horn, Synnoeve Solemdal and Tora Berger struggled with their shooting, accumulating ten missed targets in total.

Switzerland held the lead after the first leg through a flawless display from Selina Gasparin but subsequently fell away to finish 13th.